There Will Be Geek

Cav, Chani and Mike wittering about geek stuff.

Doublejump Reviews Hitman 2 – Doublejump

Although Hitman is quite a venerable series, spanning eighteen years and six games (eight if you count mobile versions Hitman Go and Hitman: Sniper), most would agree that it was with 2016’s episodic soft reboot that it finally found its stride. While the earlier games have their fans, especially 2006’s Blood Money, Hitman 2016 finally saw developer IO Interactive find a […]

Doublejump Reviews Tetris Effect – Doublejump

Although it was greeted with some surprise on its unveiling at this year’s E3, Tetris Effect has been a game long in the making. In the early 2000s, legendary game developer Tetsuya Mizuguchi attempted to get the rights to the genre-defining puzzle game, with the aim of creating a version of Tetris that featured the kind of interactive sound design […]

Disenchantment Review

About halfway through the first episode of Disenchantment, wanderlust-stricken elf Elfo sees his destination, the human city of Dreamland, on the horizon. “Wow!”, he exclaims, “It’s so small! Oh wait, I’m far away!” End scene. In many ways, this joke is emblematic of the show’s debut ten-episode run, recently debuted on Netflix. Disenchantment certainly has the weight of expectation on its […]

It’s About History: Loan Tran and the Geek Traitors

Following Loan/Kelly Marie Tran’s remarkable New York Times article about Internet harassment and her own cultural identity, Cav considers how her words serve as a reminder of some seemingly long-lost principles of geek culture.   ” …the same society that taught some people they were heroes, saviors, inheritors of the Manifest Destiny ideal, taught me I existed only in the […]

Pedanticide: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Pedanticide is a column where we take a widely (which usually also means, ‘inaccurately’) criticized slice of pop culture, and give its most miserly, myopic and frankly munted nitpicks a taste of their own medicine. The goal is to try and ‘clear the air’ a little around the discourse on certain things and maybe even pay the artworks, and artists […]

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Review – Doublejump

Let’s face it, at this point I could just slap a placeholder on the first third of this review with a logo saying ‘Insert Retro Collection Review Intro Here’. In 2018, these collections have become so ubiquitous that going through the reasons why companies repackage old games with high nostalgia value seems completely redundant. Instead, let’s get into the meat […]

Battletech Review – Doublejump

If there were ever a franchise that has become popular in the mainstream by stealth, it’s BattleTech. The now thirty-year-old tabletop war game is rarely remembered these days, but it has endured in geek hearts thanks to a multitude of spinoffs, be it through its almost seventy published novels, pen-and-paper RPG, insanely cool networked LAN cabinets or the hugely popular MechWarrior sim series on PC. […]

Avengers: Infinity War Review

Dir. Anthony Russo/Joe Russo Released April 27th, 2018 Ten years. Nineteen films. Some twenty lead characters. Enough money spent, and especially earned, to float a fistful of small countries. Avengers: Infinity War is not your average event movie, but the momentum point for one of the grandest experiments in cinema history. Today, with Marvel films being a regular, to some […]

Old Hands, New Breed: Mad Max: Fury Road and Evolving Gender Roles

When George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road was released in May 2015, few expected it to be the commercial and critical triumph that it went on to become. The film was in development for twelve years – facing problems finding a leading man (Mel Gibson having become too old and possibly too controversial), and with studio-level cold feet delaying production […]